Lower School Fast Track

Head of School Kirk Smothers welcomes students each morning

Still wondering if your grade 1-5 student is in the right school for next year?


Join us on Tuesday, August 10, from 9:30 - 10:30 am, In-person at our Paoli campus.


Meet Lower School Director Christy Zawadzkas and Director of Teaching and Learning Megan Fairchild, ICALP (Instructor of Certified Academic Language Practitioners) who will introduce you to the lower school program, in particular our proprietary Orton-Gillingham based approach to reading and writing and how that approach translates across the lower school curriculum. Then tour the school with Assistant Admissions Director/Director of Financial Aid Kavitha Patel.


While parents/guardians are learning about the school, children will be engaging in fun word and math games and an arts and crafts project with our lower school teachers.


Fast Track Admissions provides your family with a preliminary decision in 5 days


If you're ready to apply, DVFriends will fast-track your lower school student's application for Fall 2023 and give you a preliminary decision within 5 days. You'll need:


  • A completed online application
  • A psycho-educational evaluation (preferably completed within the last 2-3 years)
  • Your student’s current IEP, if available


 Don't have these documents?  No problem. Still come and learn about the program and start a conversation with our school about your student.


Contact Kavitha Patel in Admissions to register or learn more.


The School shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, disability or marital status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or in hiring, use of volunteers or board membership. 
Register for an Admissions Information Session
Kavitha Patel

Kavitha Patel

Assistant Director of Admissions, Director of Financial Aid
(610) 640-4150 x2120
Megan Fairchild, Director of Teaching & Learning
Megan Fairchild, ICALP
Director of Teaching & Learning
Christy Zawadzkas, Lower School Director
Christy Zawadzkas
Lower School Director

DVFriends serves students who live with one or more of the following:
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Reading Disorder/Dyslexia
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Executive Functioning Disorder
  • Disorder of Written Expression/Dysgraphia
  • Mathematics Disorder/Dyscalculia
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Expressive/Receptive Language Disorder
  • Memory or Processing Speed Challenges
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disability